A day in Corbett
As one goes further into the forests around Dhikala you come across the
wild boars. They mostly stay in groups and with the mother many small
cute little boars are seen. They are fond of eating the roots and at
places one can see dug up potholes. They may be a meal for the tigers but
give a tough fight to the leopard and many times drive them away from their
Wild boars are also spotted
in the Dhikala complex as they come for eating the restaurant waste.
Precaution is advised as they have injured many employees of forest
The Jackals are mostly spotted in pairs and prefer to live near human
habitations. Hence they are mostly spotted near Dhikala or Khinanauli. It was
an interesting experience once we were on the elephant back and looking
for tiger pugmarks in the chaur, when a group of Jackals started
attacking a group of deers, they chose the youngest one which looked weak and
started chasing it, when the first batch of say one or two chasers got tired
then the other pair started chasing, their motive was clear to make the kill
once the deer ultimately gets tired. And finally they were able to get
hold of the tired deer and every member had a feast.
The Jackals call is very
interesting and typical of the jungle atmosphere. In the evening or early
morning to gather every member of the family one hears of such calls.
How can one ever forget the presence of the Langur monkey which is also
known as the "Savior or protector of the forest". Forest fires
are very common and every second year there are major fires and the grass that
the herbivores like deers eat is destroyed. The langur and other rhesus
monkeys at this moment take to the trees and pluck the tree tops and through
the leaves and shoots to the ground where the deers eat and their hunger is satisfied, this prevents the herbivores to stay in the jungles and not to wander in the
buffer areas where there is human population, thus the tigers also stay in
the jungles and also do not wander to the buffer area where they are likely to
be disturbed and may resort to cattle hunting.
The monkeys also warn the
other animals in case any carnivore is lurking nearby. The langurs are very
afraid and seeing a tiger they often fall down from the trees to become
a meal for the tiger or leopard.
are many other crawling creatures like the monitor lizard and the python
which are often seen. It is a magnificent site to see a python that has swallowed
a deer, for days the python keeps lying down trying to digest its lavish
meal. This is also the time when the snakes are very prone to danger.
During their struggle to capture the deer in case they get injured or there is
any cut on their body, the ants will come and it will be a slow and painful
death for this beautiful creature. Apart from the python there is also the
cobra which has bothered the forest staff that are based inside the parks.
A very rare yellow throated
martin is also seen in the Corbett. This animal has tremendous adaptability
and is found in the hills from an altitude ranging from 300 ft to 8000 ft
above the sea level. Martins mostly stay in pairs and it is hard to believe
but I have personally seen them stalking and killing young deer's. One of the
martins distracts the mother whereas the other injures the youngster and then
they stalk it till it dies of blood loss or exhaustion.
a days trip around Corbett there are many many other things to look out for
such as the rivers flowing, the birds singing , the calls of the carnivores
and the growl of predators. If one keeps their eyes and ears open a day
without seeing the tiger is also memorable.
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